Mountain Parks Foundation: Our Mission
Mountain Parks Foundation – in cooperation with California State Parks – provides resources that enrich visitors’ experiences by expanding their knowledge and appreciation of the natural environment and cultural heritage of Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks.
Big Basin General Plan Approved
On Thursday, May 16, seven California State Park Commissioners toured Big Basin Redwoods State Park to help them prepare for their vote on Friday, May 17. After a full day of touring and presentations, the Commissioners voted unanimously on Friday to approve the General Plan. Among other things, this plan will help in preserving old-growth Redwood Trees, protecting the endangered marbled murrelet, as well as expanding tourism into some of the undervisited parts of the parks, such as Waddell Creek and Little Basin. Click here for a more in depth look at the Big Basin General Plan.
Volunteer Opportunity at Henry Cowell
Campfire Programs and Junior Rangers at Big Basin!
Starting May 18th
Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 pm
Join us in our historic campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about redwood ecology, creatures of the forest or stories of the park while relaxing in the shadows of the towering trees. Fire lighting and marshmallow roasting (we provide the marshmallows and sticks!) starts at 7:00 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome! Meet at the Campfire Center.
Saturday, May 18 at 3:00 pm
Discover the fascinating secrets of the forest! Explore, practice outdoor skills and play games as you learn about plants, animals, geology, and more. This one-hour program is for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child at the Nature Lodge15 minutes before the program begins. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors.
Annual MPF Partners' Picnic!
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Our Annual gourmet picnic with all of our Mountain Parks Foundation Partners will be held at Big Basin Redwoods State Parks this year! We will have a private docent led tour of the park before the picnic, and for your convenience will be providing bus service to and from Big Basin.
Seats are limited so please RSVP by calling 831-335-3174 or emailing Redwoods@mountainparks.org.
Not a Mountain Parks Foundation Partner yet, but want to join us at our Partners' Picnic? Call Heather at
831-335-3174 or via email at Heather@mountainparks.org.